Mato Grosso Antbird (Cercomacra melanaria)
Mato Grosso Antbird, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
September 2000

This male is typical of the Cercomacra genus in being simply patterned and either black or grey. It has prominent white wing bars and white on the bend of the wings. I'm not sure what it has at the end of its bill but I assume that it is an insect larva of some kind.

They are usually found near water and in pairs. The female is grey with light underparts.

Like many Cercomacra species, it is the only member of the genus to be found in its area.

There is an illustration in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 21.

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